This semester we started our DAP project. We began by choosing our team members which in our class everyone decided to stay with the same team as last semester, then we choose our team name and our team roles. After that we were instructed that the whole class was working to protect the human body from a certain sport which in our case is roller derby. We were told that each team was going to get a different joint to create a device to protect it from this particular sport. In other to learn more about our joint (the ankle) we did any activities, like the chicken dissection. In this activity we got the part of the chicken that was the most similar to our joint so we got the chicken foot as you can observe below. By doing this activity we got to see how a lot of the tissues (skin, fat, muscle, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, and bones) interact with each other to make this joint work. As of right now we are finishing building our joint. We decided to build our model out of PVC pipe and wood to build the two longest bones which are the tibia and the fibula. We also used magic model to make the smaller bones such as he talus and many more, pipe cleaners were also used to make the tendons, ligaments, and some of the muscles.
During our research we have learned a lot about the devices that are already in the market, in fact we have ordered a device to test it and experience it our selves what parts of the joint are being protected the most and the material that it is made of so that we can have something to start off with and improve.
So far I have been able to collaborate very well with my team members because when ever someone needs help with something there is always someone there to support them. I think that we are working very well together because our team leader always divides up the parts so that we can get everything done on time. We have also been really good at sharing and respecting each others ideas, we take all of them into consideration even if they don’t sound like the best choices but I think that is what makes us a good team because we are always willing to put all of our collaboration into the projects with a good attitude.